AASA Women In School Leadership Initiative

More Than a Power Lunch: Building Networks to Support and Advance Women in School Leadership

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About the AASA Women in School Leadership Initiative

The AASA Women in School Leadership Initiative was launched in 2015 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of the initiative is to help mitigate the impact of social barriers women face in ascending to the top leadership positions within our school systems and to increase the number of women seeking and becoming CEOs and superintendents of schools.


Since the initiative was launched in 2015, AASA has:
  • Established the AASA National Women’s Leadership Consortium to identify and address barriers women face when aspiring to the top leadership positions in K-12 education.
  • Served over 1,400 women through enhanced professional learningopportunities in regional women and school leadership forums.
  • Provided mentoring for 20 aspiring women leaders from across the country.
  • Expanded the AASA Women in School Leadership Awards to provide greater national recognition for women leaders.
  • Developed an online collaborative and other blended professional learning opportunities for women leaders to share effective practices and lessons learned.
  • Created a national awareness campaign to raise awareness about the initiative and resources to support aspiring women educational leaders.
New Resources
In 2018, a cadre of new resources will be made available to the k-12 education community. Included among the offerings are a three-part webinar series that addresses the major challenges women face in aspiring to the superintendent position and a video series spotlighting the leadership journey of women who have already made it to the top job. The new resources are being made available though the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

With support from Horace Mann, AASA is relaunching the National Women’s Leadership Consortium, and continuing the regional women and school leadership forums and the Women in School Leadership Awards in 2018.




 For more information, please contact Valerie Truesdale, Assistant Executive Director, Leadership Network, at vtruesdale@aasa.org. 



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